Baton Rouge man steals beer, spits on store employee, officer, lands in jail, police say _lowres

Immanuel hall

A Baton Rouge man accused of spitting on and threatening an employee at a store he’d stolen beer from was arrested Saturday, Baton Rouge police said.

Immanuel Hall, 28, had been banned from a store in the 6500 block of Airline Highway, according to a Baton Rouge Police Department report.

When an officer went to the store after being flagged down by a civilian, Hall was outside, arguing with an employee, the report says. Hall, cold beer in hand, kept talking over the employee, claiming he was trying to pay for the beer but the woman wouldn’t take his money, the report says.

The officer realized Hall fit the description of someone who’d been involved in an incident at a store in the 4900 block of Evangeline Street earlier Saturday, the report says.

Hall was then taken to that store, where a manager identified Hall as “the suspect that was irate in the store and would not leave when instructed to do so,” the report says. While being identified, Hall spit on a store employee and threatened to come back and attack her, the report says.

On the way to the Fourth District police station, Hall spit on equipment in the police car and “possibly on the (officer),” the report says. Hall told the officer that he has Hepatitis C, the report says.

Hall, 5521 Dutton Ave., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of entering or remaining after forbidden, theft, simple assault, simple battery and battery of a police officer. His bail information was not immediately available in online jail records.